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Document ID (ISN)49652
CIS number 88-1028
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1987
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Olcerst R.B.
Title Microscopes and ocular infections
Bibliographic information May 1987, Vol.48, No.5, p.425-431. 33 ref.
Abstract Microbial assays of industrial microscope eyepieces were conducted and pathogenic staphylococcus aureus was identified among the microorganisms. It appears that direct contact with microscope eyepieces provides a potentially significant route of transmission of bacterial and viral infections. A questionnaire was distributed to a first and second shift manufacturing operation to assess the incidence of ocular infections. There was a statistically significant incidence of sites and conjunctivitis that was 8.3 times that of a control group. An ultraviolet disinfection process was evaluated; it was rapid and emission-free and there were no residual chemical biocides.
Descriptors (primary) infection control; eyes; microbial pollution; light microscopy
Descriptors (secondary) disinfection of equipment; description of technique; questionnaire survey; conjunctivitis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Environmental pollution
Air pollution